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  1. NEWSLETTER- 18/02/2019 with ASHISH MALIK


  2. GS Paper 2


  3. Inordinate delay in notifying Disability Act rules' o A think tank has written to the Goa Director of Social Welfare(a nodal department for persons with disability) about delay happened in notifying the draft rules for the implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016, in the State. o Centre notified the Act in Danuary, 2017. ALl states were given six months to frame rules and notify them. 1-DARE(a registered think tank of activists and professionals working for persons with disability)said the rules have not been framed for some subsections under Section 101 of the Act, and that the some dont seem to be in sync with the Section o Terminology used in the draft rules is offensive and derogatory to persons with disability For example, the term 'mentally retarded, was used, which must be re placed with persons with an intellectual disability O 1-DARE recommend that the rules be technically edited or checked by experts from fields Like psychology, disabitity medicine and education.


  4. Section 101 of Disability Act is 101. (1) The State Government may, subject to the condition of previous publication, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act, not later than six months from the date of commencement of this Act. (2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of foregoing powers, such rules may provide for all


  5. MCQs o Q. Consider the following statements and choose the correct code: 1. As per Section 101 of Disability act, The State Government may, subject to the condition of previous publication, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act, not later than six months from the date of commencement of this Act. o 2. I-DARE is a registered think tank of activists and professionals working for persons with disability Code: A. 1 only 8. 2only C. Both D. None


  6. Dadhav case hearing at Ico from today o ICO(International Court of Dustice) will hold public hearings in the Kulbhushan Dadhav case rom Monday at The Hague during which India and Pakistan will pre sent their arguments. o Mr. 3adhav, 48, usas sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017 India moved the IC a month Later. o A 10 member Bench of the ICO on May 18, 2017 restrained Pakistan from executing Mr. Dadhav till adjudication. o ICO has set a timetable for the public hearing from Monday to Thursday India, is expected to submit his arguments first. The English Queen's Counsel, Khawar Qu reshi, will make submissions for Pakistan on Tuesday India will reply on Wednesday, and Islama bad will make its closing submissions on Thursday o Harish Salve, is representing India o Khawar Qu reshi, will make submissions for Pakistan o Hearings will be streamed Live on the court's website and on UN Web Tv.


  7. The International Court of Justice o It is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It setles legal disputes between member states and gives advisory opinions to authorized UN organs and specialized agencies. It comprises a panel of is judges elected by the General Assembly and Security Council for nine-year terms. It is seated in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Dustice Abdulgawsi Ahmed Yusuf Elected As News President of International Court of Justice (ICO) The International Court of Dustice (ICO), on Tuesday, elected Mr. Abdulqauwi Ahmed Yusuf as its new President and Ms. Xue Hanqin as its Vice-President. Both of them will serve a term of three years. o The International Court of Dustice has jurisdiction in two types of cases: contentious cases between states in which the court produces binding rulings between states that agree, or have previously agreed, to submit to the ruling of the court; and advisory opinions, which provide reasoned, but non-binding, rulings on properly submitted questions of international Lau, usually at the request of the United Nations General Assembly Advisory opinions do not have to concern particular controversies between states, thougk they often do o Current judge of ICo is Christopher Greewood, who has atready served one term in the iC3.


  8. MCQs o Q. Which of the following is/are correct about ICo? 1. Advisory opinions of ICo produces binding rulings betuseen states that agree, or have previously agreed, to submit to the ruling of the court o 2. It comprises a panel of 15 judges elected by the General Assembly and Security Council for nine-year terms o 3. It is seated in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. o Code: A. 1 and 2 B. 1 and 3 C. 2only D. 2 and 3


  9. GS Paper 3


  10. Central forces to be moved by air for Kashmir deployment o A commercial tlight will be available six days a week exclusive uOL for the move ment of personnel from SrinagarDelhi-Srinagar an Srinagar-Jammu-Srinagar.


  11. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) It is the Largest of India's Central Armed Police Forces. It functions under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of the Government of India. The CRPF's primary role lies in assisting the State/Union Territories in police operations to maintain laus and order and counter insurgency It came into existence as the Crown Representative's Police on 27 July 1939. After Indian Independence, it became the Central Reserve Police Force on enactment of the CRPF Act on 28 December 1949. o Besides Law and order and counter-insurgency duties, the CRPF has played an increasingly Large role in India's general elections. This is especially true for the states of Sammu and Kashmir, Bihar and in the North East, with the presence of unrest and often violent conflict During the Parliamentary elections of September 1999, the CRPF played a major role in the security arrangements. of Late, CRPF contingents are also being deployed in UN missions. o With 239 battalions and various other establishments, the cRPF is considered India's Largest paramilitary force and has a sanctioned strength of more than 300,000 personnel as 2017 o Current Chief of CRPF is Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar


  12. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust(ONPT Jawaharlal Nehru Port,also known as Nhava Sheva, is the largest container port in India. o Located east of Mumbai in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, this port on the Arabian Sea is accessed via Thane Creek.. Its common name derives from the names of Nhava and Sheva villages that were situated here. This port is also the terminal of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (in construction) Handling around 55% of the country's containerized cargo, crossing the historic Landmark of 4 million TEUs (Twenty foot equivalent units) in container throughput consecutively for the Last five years.In its coveted role as the Hub Port on the West Coast of India, ON? is ranked 2xth among the top 100 Container Ports in the world o The hinterland connectivity both by rail and road is being further strengthened by ongoing prajects Like the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), which will increase the existing train capacity of 27 to 10o trains per day Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) and widening of the Port road connectivity Its proximity to the Cities of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune; airports; hotels, exhibitton centres, etc. gives the Port an extra edge to address the shippers' needs, efficiently and promptly


  13. Abohar Wildlife sanctuary(AWS) o The Aws is an open sanctuary,spread across private land in 13 villages. The black buck was notified as the state animal of Punjab in 1989 and its presence in the State is confined to the AWS due to the unique habitat of semiarid plains consisting of agricultural fields,intermittent fallow barreh Lands, scattered sand dunes, sand mounds and ridges o In AWS, where land in mainly ousned by the Bishnoi communit there were 3,273 blackbuck according to the 2017 census, c ed jointly by the Punjab Bio diversity Board and the Department of Forest and wildlife Preservation, against 3,500 in the year 2011. o "While the government collects cow cess in the name of taking care of stray animals, the problem continues to grow."


  14. MCQs Q. Blackbuck is not the state animal of: A. Andhra Pradesh B. Uttar Pradeskh C. Punjab D. Haryana


  15. Inflation is tamed, but households dont o Identifying the reasons for the gap betseen perception and realulhy is crucial to indicabe infla tion) collapsed to 4.91% in the last five years think so inflation is well under control After averaging 10.4% in the five years from 2009 to 2013, CPI inflation for indus trial workers (the old mea sure of consumer price o CPI series flagged off in 2012 shows even more heartening trends. It shows that con sumerlevel inflation has stayed below 4% for 12 con secutive months now, nose diving to 2% in January 2019. o since 200s, the RBI has been conducting a statistical sur vey of inflation expectations of Indian households four or five times every year. It quizzes s,x0o selected res pondents from ig cities on their perception of current and future inflation rates when inflation was skyhigh at 10%, Indian hou seholds believed it to be 12% plus. Now, when it is at 2%, they still believe it to be at 8.3%. In effect the gap between actual inflation data and the Layman's perception of it has sharply widened


  16. why the gap? o Researchers within and outside the RBI suggest that Indian household expectations of inflation tend to be 'adaptive.' That is, when asked about inflation rates or ex pectations, households base eir responses on past data, instead of sticking their neck out on how prices would move future. o Others critique the survey questions as being too complicated for Laymen to grasp. o Some flag the possibility that s,x00 respondents for this survey dont really represent a broad crosssection of the population. This can certainly be true, as RBI's survey is confined to urbatn respondents from 18 chosen cities while the CPI Combined captures the inftation experience ivn rural areas as well. A third and very likely possibility is that the actual spending patterns of Indian households now o Given that the current CPI series has 2012 as its base year, the weights that it as signs to different o Figuring out the reasons for the sidening gap betwseen perception and reality on consumer price bear very Little resemblance to the weights assumed in the CPI index. items of the household budget are based on spending patterns cap tured a good seven years ago. inflation, is important for a government keen to convince the electorate that it has succeeded ivn taming the inflation monster.


  17. Inflation o In economics, inflation is a sustained increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy over a period of time. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services; consequently, inflation reflects a reduction in the purchasing power per unit of money - a Loss of real value in the medium of exchange and unit of account within the economy A chief measure of price inflation is the inflation rate, the annualized percentage change in a general price index, usually the consumer price index, over time. The opposite of inflation is deflation (negative inflation rate). Inflation affects economies in various positive and negative ways. The negative effects of inflation include an increase in the opportunity cost of holding money, uncertainty over future inflation which may discourage investment and savings, and if inflation were rapid enough, shortages of goods as consumers begin hoarding out of concern that prices will increase in the future. Positive effects include reducing unemployment due to nominal wage rigidity allowing the central bank more leeway in carrying out m encouraging loans and investment instead of money hoarding, and avoiding the inefficiencies associated with deflation. onetary policy


  18. MCOS , which of the following are the likely effects of Inflation? o 1. An increase in the opportunity cost of holding money 2. Encourage investment and savings 3, Hording of goods 4. Reducing unemployment due to nominal wage rigidity Code: A. 2 and 4 B. 1, 3 and 4 C. 1 and 4 D. 1, 2 and 3